VC x 2. Professor Zou Cairong, Vice-Chancellor of Guangzhou University and LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun.
Conference celebrating LiU’s 40 years
LiU and Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun hosted an anniversary conference filled with science, new learning, good times and lots of interaction.
”At this conference we want to demonstrate the breadth and depth of our research, but also our relevance to society. We have the advantage of being a relatively young university, so owe can be a bit more daring and a bit more daring,” said LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun when welcoming the participants to the conference and to Campus Norrköping.
Guests included representatives from Guangzhou University in China, Moi University in Kenya, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), Swedish research funding organisations, Norrköping Municipality and colleagues from various LiU faculties.
Anna Ekström, Director-General of the Swedish National Agency for Education and chair of LiU’s University Board, also welcomed the participants:
”Universities have two important roles. Firstly, to enable young women and men to reach their full potential, and secondly, to help researchers show the way forward, as powerful lobbyists for the future. It’s a huge pleasure to work for Linköping University.”
The conference had two parallel tracks, led by moderators Sharon Jåma and Karin Fälth-Magnusson. Presentations included the management of natural resources and the climate; Swedish technology used to prevent wildlife poaching; how our animal management affects animals’ genetic material; bioelectronics that can diagnose diseases in humans the same way as we can diagnose faults in cars; how we can make use of energy by way of new materials and how the neutron crisis in the ESS was avoided thanks to the efforts of LiU researchers. Further presentations shed light on video games for heart disease sufferers, new methods for treating alcoholism, brain research and the development of new cornea.
Much of the programme will soon be available on Samtiden, from Utbildningsradion – the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company.
The day also included a presentation of the dome in the Visualisation Center, and of how research in visualisation has benefitted medicine, how visualisation can be used for virtual autopsies and for virtually unpacking ancient mummies.
To finish off the event there was a dinner at Flygvapenmuseum, the Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping and entertainment by Gunhild Karling and her band.
”Young women make use of the full range of the university’s offerings, while young men choose from a more limited selection. We have to change this,” said Anna Ekström, chair of LiU’s University Board.
Professors Fredrik Gustafsson, Anders Ynnerman and CMIV Director Anders Persson during a pause in the proceedings.
Swedish fika at its best, here enjoyed by LiU University Board Chair Anna Ekström, Managing Director of the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences Göran Blomqvist and LiU’s Karin Mårdsjö Blume.
Mats Eklund, professor of industrial biotechnology, strengthens his argument with a tomato. A tomato grown in the normal way generates carbon dioxide emissions equal to its own weight: 100 grams of tomato gives rise to 100 grams of carbon dioxide. A tomato grown in Elleholm, Mörrum, using residual heat from the Södra cell pulp and paper mill and from other local industries, generates 5 grams of carbon dioxide per tomato.
”I’m not criticising people’s values. My job is to show that we can increase our utilisation of resources by a factor of 20. Let’s do that. But it will take a few decades.”
May Griffith, professor of regenerative medicine, told the conference about her work, where new corneas enable blind people to see again.
Happy they took the time to attend, professor Jens Birch and Dr Stefan Welin Klintström were inspired by their colleagues’ work.
Professors Anders Ynnerman and Anders Persson fascinated the audience with stories of data volumes, unpacked mummies, virtual autopsies and medical advances made possible by visualisation technology.
The dog is a master of communication – especially communication with us humans. If a dog is not able to solve a problem, it asks its master – a behaviour we have never witnessed among wolves. ”We have shown that chromosome 26 is significantly involved in this behaviour,” said Professor Per Jensen.
Naturally the guests from Guangzhou also got a tour of the Norrköping Decision Arena.
To round off the conference, the Alumni of the Year from 2014 and 2015 spoke about the university’s impact on their lives and careers. Elnaz Baghlanian and Jonas Ludvigsson from 2014 and Mihai Aldén and Kajsa Andersson from 2015. Here Jonas Ludvigsson sings an ode to his student city, Norrköping.
Text: Monica Westman Svenselius
Photo: Thor Balkhed
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Last updated: 2017-02-13